SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 363 - Utilizing LDR

Utilizing LDR:

This podcast covers how to take advantage of the new assembly performance mode for reviewing large assembly data sets without loosing access to necessary tools in SolidWorks. Topics covered:

- Recap of LDR features

- LDR workflow

- How to use LDR for more than just review

- Limitations to features

- Other tips and tricks

Since Large Assembly Review was revealed on stage at last year's SolidWorks World, I wanted to really dig in and see not only how the performance of LDR was, but what limitations and other uses this lightweight power tool had in store.  Although there is a limited toolset, the tools that are available can help in understanding the "big picture" when it comes to the overall project.

Having talked to a few customers that have extremely large top-level assemblies that even their work-horse, 64 bit workstations could not open, were excited to the possibility of not only being able to open but be productive with these projects.  Although LDR has replaced QuickView, a previous method of selectively opening components, there are a number of other methods that can help in large assembly management, none of which have the performance benefits of LDR.

I want to make sure users know about this new mode that SolidWorks has and how to take advantage of the limited toolsets in it to get the most out of those performance-draining large data sets they have.  It would be ashame if this was a feature that fell outside of the user rut we all tend to get into! ~Lou

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